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Individual and Family Therapy for Children With Anxiety Disorders

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00081406
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 12, 2004
Last Update Posted : March 6, 2014
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Temple University

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to compare three treatments to determine which is most effective in reducing anxiety in children.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anxiety Behavioral: Individual Child CBT Behavioral: Family CBT Behavioral: Education/Support/Attention Phase 2 Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Children and their parents will complete a comprehensive diagnostic assessment to determine eligibility. The assessment will include an individual diagnostic interview with the child, interviews with the parents, and written observations of the child from family members and teachers. Participants will then be randomly assigned to receive individual cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT), family CBT (FCBT), or education/support/attention (ESA) for 5 months. Children in the ICBT group will meet individually with a therapist. In the FCBT and ESA treatment groups, children and their parents will meet weekly with a therapist.

At the end of treatment and 1 year following treatment completion, families will complete another assessment to determine the effectiveness of each treatment at reducing short- and long-term anxiety symptoms in their children.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 150 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Child and Family Therapy for Anxiety-Disordered Youth
Study Start Date : July 2000

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Child with DSM-IV criteria for separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder

Exclusion Criteria for Child Participants:

  • IQ less than 80
  • Current use of anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Child and/or parent is non-English speaking

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00081406

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United States, Pennsylvania
Temple University Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19122
Sponsors and Collaborators
Temple University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Additional Information:
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00081406    
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH059087 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH059087 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: April 12, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 6, 2014
Last Verified: March 2005
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders